Photos by Jesse Lopez
Oct. 12th Dallas, TX night two of The Eagles sold out show, JD and the Straight Shot take the stage once again as the opening act. Although, many of the Eagles fans had a “curtain” arrival, those that were in attendance caught a fantastic show. The music they played made it seem that even though they were in a giant venue you were in a prohibition dive bar, where the liquor was flowing and the women danced without in-habitations.
Made up of seven,
there is no doubt that this is a group of serious musicians whose resumes read like a Who’s Who of the entertainment industry. With their blues rock sound they played some of their songs that, much like me, you didn’t know they sang. Before they played their song “Midnight Run” they told the story of how it was written for the film “Lawless,” but the producers chose to go with Willie Nelson. I love Willie Nelson, but it was great to hear it sung and played with the band that created it. With harmonies fleshed out by lone female voice, fiddle player Lorenza, there was more depth. They also played there song “Can’t Make Tears” which just so happens to be the theme for AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” A gritty song that transports you back to a more complicated time.
Other highlights of the show were when during one song they broke out the washboard and along with the kick drum it carried the beat, their cover of White Bird, and the song “Violet’s Song” which will be the theme for upcoming film “August Osage County.”
The final thing that impressed me other than the talent and the good time was that you could tell that they love what they do. From the banter to the complimentary CD’s they gave out at their merch table, JD and the Straight Shot is the band that you didn’t know you knew, but it’s time to get better acquainted.